Story: Domestic architecture

Arts and crafts house plan

The architect James Chapman-Taylor was a leading practitioner of the arts and crafts style of domestic architecture, which originated in England in reaction to impersonal industrialised production. The style's leading proponent, William Morris, advocated a return to more organic handcrafts. These included hand-adzed timbers, hand-forged latches and built-in furniture. Arts and crafts houses mirrored traditional rural English cottages, with steep hipped roofs and multi-pane casement windows. This 1930s Chapman-Taylor design for a Wellington house exemplified the style.

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Plans by James Walter Chapman-Taylor

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Julia Gatley, 'Domestic architecture - Early 20th-century domestic architecture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 February 2023)

Story by Julia Gatley, published 22 Oct 2014